The International Gemological Institute (IGI), Antwerp, plans to open an identification and grading laboratory in central Hong Kong in November.
Marc Brauner, IGI’s worldwide chief laboratory officer, will manage IGI Hong Kong and oversee day-to-day operations at the 2,500-sq.-ft. laboratory.
Currently, the Institute is hiring local Hong Kong graduate gemologists and Fellows of the British Gemological Association as diamond graders at the lab. The newly hired Hong Kong staff will receive in-house training at IGI Antwerp.
IGI Hong Kong will be a full-service facility with state-of-the-art equipment for servicing diamond dealers, jewelry manufacturers, jewelers and consumers. It will offer diamond and gemstone identification, certification and testing reports on loose stones and finished jewelry.